Wellington is not exactly famous for its restaurants, and that is one of the main reasons Franshhoek, Stellenbosch, Constantia, etc will always attract the vast majority of visitors because they all offer a large selection of fabulous restaurants. Most people plan their visit around a meal, booking a table before choosing which wine farms to visit based on how near they are to the restaurant.
Fortunately, the scent of change is in the air for Wellington (not referring to the stench it used to be famous for when the tannery was there). There is a new restaurant which the locals are raving about, called The Stone Kitchen. It is located at Dunstone winery, on the Bovlei Road just outside town.
We popped in for a quick lunch after a visit to Jorgensen’s distillery. The restaurant is small and simple, as is the menu. As you walk in you will notice a refrigerated display counter with some desserts and deli items. To the left are some stainless steel wine tanks and in the middle of the restaurant a smattering of tables and chairs sporting bright coloured cushions which adds some cheer to the place. There were six of us so we were seated at the long table right at the entrance.
The menu is written on chalkboards and changes regularly as the chef is keen on sourcing as much local and organic produce as possible. There is a kids menu and a play area outside for the kids too. We had heard the beetroot goat’s cheese salad (R40) starter was good so we ordered one of those as well as the nectarine wrapped in bacon starter (R40). We weren’t very hungry so we just passed them around to taste. For mains I ordered the pasta with prawns and asparagus (R70), it was delicious. The pasta was handmade, the prawns were firm and the asparagus fresh. It wasn’t too heavy but very tasty. My partner had the pear and gorgonzola salad (R70) which was a lovely compilation of flavours. Two people ordered the pork and sage burgers (R70) and they raved about them so much I tempted to make them try my pasta to shut them up.
I had a quick look at the winelist, all sourced from the Wellington region. Some excellent wines on the list and all very reasonably priced. The service was keen but quite inept, we had to do a lot of repeating and reminding. But the place is so casual and down to earth, we didn’t really mind.
The Stone Kitchen is a lovely option for breakfast or lunch, a culinary star shining in Wellington.
The Stone Kitchen
Dunstone Estate, Bovlei Road, Wellington
Tel: 021 864 2451
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